- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nighttime beach cleanup of a Southern California oil spill will be temporarily suspended because of the seasonal spawning of fish in the sand.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement that California grunion are expected to spawn on the region’s beaches on Tuesday night and Wednesday night, and the previously 24-hour on-shore cleanup will become a day-only activity while they do.

Grunion eggs on shore emerge during high tides at night, and cleanup crews will be told to disturb the sand as little as possible both day and night.

The suspension includes the cleanup of the major May 19 oil spill in Santa Barbara County and the cleanup of recently emerged tar balls on beaches in Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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